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Via Ferrata means 'Iron Way' in Italian, referring to a system of cables that cling to the side of steep rock faces and ridges, creating routes across ground that would normally be the domain of rock climbers. With the help of an expert guide it's possible to clip onto the 'Iron Way' and clamber along ridges and up rock faces, always safe in the knowledge that we are attached to the mountain. Although Via Ferrata holidays exist throughout Europe, the Dolomites are perhaps the most famous, and most suited, to this via ferrata style of walking.
Via ferrata are mountain scrambles, assisted in places by metal cables, rungs and ladders. They are not rock climbs, but often give access to places that could only otherwise be reached by climbers. Many of those in the eastern Dolomites date from the First World War, when they were built to allow troops to occupy high mountain areas.
The walking may be at times across the snow-line with prolonged, steep ascents and descents. Comfortable and durable walking boots at this grade are essential. Ascent up to 1500m per day. about seven to eight hours’ walking a day.
Scrambling on the via ferrata requires an excellent head for heights and good fitness, but no previous climbing experience. Join Exodus on a via ferrata adventure walking holiday.